Activities and Family Activities in Galway

Sport in Galway includes a diverse heritage, with a history in sports ranging from horse racing, Gaelic games, soccer and rugby to rowing, motorsport, greyhound racing and others. The Galway Races are known worldwide and are the highlight of the Irish horse racing calendar. Over the years it has grown into an annual festival lasting seven days.

There are several golf courses that serve Galway city. Bearna Golf Club, Galway Golf Club, Cregmore Golf Club and Galway Bay Golf Resort are all situated within 8 kilometres of the city centre. The Galway Lawn Tennis Club, in the Salthill area of the city, has facilities for tennis, squash and badminton spread over 22 courts.

Nearby Salthill has a 25m competitive swimming pool in the Leisureland complex and three competitive swimming clubs are Shark Swimming Club, Laser Swimming Club and Galway Swimming Club train there. There is also a handball and racketball club while there are several martial arts clubs throughout the city. There is a 25m pool at NUI, Galway as well as one at Renmore's KingFisher Club.

Sailing on both sea and lake are popular, as is rowing in the River Corrib with seven clubs providing the necessary facilities and organising rowing competitions. These clubs include: Gráinne Mhaol Rowing Club, Tribesmen Rowing Club, Galway Rowing Club, Coláiste Iognáid ('The Jes') Rowing Club, St. Joseph's Patrician College ('The Bish') Rowing Club, NUIG Boat Club and Cumann Rámhaiochta Choláiste na Coiribe.

Near the city centre, on College Road, the Sportsground has greyhound races every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. It was refurbished by the Irish Greyhound Board, Bord na gCon, and the facility is shared with the Connacht rugby team.

In motorsport, the Galway International Rally was the first international rally to be run from the Republic of Ireland. Throughout its history it has attracted star drivers from all over the world. The 2007 event was won by twice World Rally Champions Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen.

Moycullen Basketball Club have been a flagship basketball club in Galway for a number of years and currently compete in the Superleague, the top division in Irish basketball. They are the first Galway or Gaeltacht team to ever compete in the Superleague which is a semi-professional league. Galway Hockey Club have both men's and ladies' hockey teams with a vibrant youth section and is based at the Regional Sports Centre in Dangan.

Golf Clubs

Golf Clubs

The West of Ireland has a wonderful mixture of both parkland golf courses and links golf courses. The outstanding surroundings, high quality amenity areas, unpolluted environment, and splendid golf makes...
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Boating and Cruises

Boating and Cruises

Explore the spectacular scenery of Galway Bay by boat. See the maritime heritage of Galway from the waters of the bay. Delve into the deep on a lobster pot safari. Experience new horizons with...
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Boxing

Boxing

Boxing, “The sweet science”, is a modern Olympic sport that takes place in a square-shaped "ring" between two athletes. The boxers look to outpoint the opponent by landing clean punches...
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Cycling

Cycling

Galway is a thriving tourist city with an abundance of history and natural resources from the river to the sea. Enjoy bike tour in Galway, a thriving cultural city complete with rich medieval...
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Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

Galway City kayaking and canoeing invite you to take a tour and discover the enchanting waterways of River & Lough Corrib, and the coast around Galway. The water resources of County Galway...
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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

The West of Ireland, has always being a bit of a back water for rock climbing. However over recent years, some great routes have been developed by some active local climbers including Carl Maddox...
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Sports and Fitness Clubs

Sports and Fitness Clubs

There are few destinations in Ireland better suited for group outings than Galway. The bustling city centre is lined with a wonderful mix of lively traditional Irish music bars...
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Walk Tours

Walk Tours

The western-most city in Ireland, has been welcoming strangers for over a thousand years. Galway City, or Cathair na Gaillimhe in Gaelic, means 'stony river', but is often mis-translated as the...
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Zoo and Wildlife Parks

Zoo and Wildlife Parks

Galway City has a particularly diverse range of natural habitats, many of which are of international and national conservation importance. These include peatlands, wetlands, woodlands...
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